At St John’s CE Primary Academy, English and the teaching of English, is the foundation of our curriculum.

Our main aim is to ensure every single child is on track to becoming primary literate by the end of Year 6

and makes good progress in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and listening


When children leave St John’s CE Primary Academy, we expect them to be developing into avid readers, who read fluently and widely and are able to express preferences and opinions about the texts that they read. We want them to read for pleasure, having had access to a wide range of text types, genres and authors in order for them to make informed opinions about their favourites.


We want to produce children who write with confidence and accuracy for a variety of purposes and audiences, whilst developing their own individual flair. We want our children to be able to write with grammatical accuracy and be able to apply spelling patterns correctly using a neat, legible handwriting style.


We aim to expose our children to a wide range of vocabulary so that they are able to decipher new words and then use them when speaking both informally and formally.


English at St John’s CE Primary Academy will not only be a daily discrete lesson, but is at the cornerstone of the entire curriculum. When the new curriculum was implemented in 2014, many professionals commented that the creativity had been eliminated and children were expected to be taught a diet of very dry grammar and punctuation skills.  At St John’s CE Primary Academy, our vision is for creativity to be at the helm of our English curriculum stemmed from our carefully selected topics and for children to learn new skills in a fun, engaging and purposeful way.

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Early Reading and Writing SkillsAt St John’s CE Primary Academy, early reading is supported through the Letters and Sounds scheme, and is soon to be led by Little Wandle.

Early writing is taught through early mark making, then they are taught the correct letter formations. This begins with writing (whether with a writing tool or in the air) CVC words, moving onto short sentences using the sounds they have been taught. EYFS children are encouraged to write independently during continuous provision. We use the same phonics program across the school providing continuity and a vehicle for guaranteed progression.